This, along with 8/22, are the best shows I've heard from 93. I think this is better than 8/22, Jerry is rippin' it on the Scarlet-Fire, his lead lines during the Fire instrumental have a certain determination. The PITB>DarkStar>Terrapin is tight & well played. Jerry's playing during this part of the show is excellent, his runs are confident, clear, liquid & trippy. The back half of the 2nd set I could take or leave..the Days Between is pretty nice..even so, this is a good show..not just for 93'. It still doesn't compare to a great 70's show, but it should please even those who rarely listen to anything past 78-79.
August 26, 2015 Subject:
Set 1 - a little meh and rickety...save the always-thrilling Let it Grow, it's take it or leave it...
Set is why you're here. For you setlist people, you'll be in heaven with the pre-drums lineup - Tubular Bells is a wonderful aside from the norm during Space, and I dunno, people sort of dismiss post-Space on this show, but Days Between is beautiful, as always (Jer hits about 95% of the lyrics). A wonderful set.
Show's not the best of the year, compared to 8/22 or the Cal Expo run, but has some decent music throughout.
October 2, 2014 Subject:
June 5, 2011 Subject:
I think the Vince / Jerry Space Jam is an excerpt from Michael Oldfield's Tubular Bells.
May 7, 2011 Subject:
Some folks like Easy Answers
Hearing a unique exit from Space is always a treat!
IMHO, Easy Answers is one of the best new songs Bobby had come up with - smart words, great beat, and real potential - like Touch of Gray.
I'm old, and loved hearing Workingman's Dead, WOTF, and earlier stuff; but more important, The Band was moving on and writing some really great new material.
This, combined with Jerry playing "Lightning Bolt", make this concert unique! One of the last truly great concerts before Jerry's health began to fail.
The "old woman" I've been married to for 27 decent years said, "This is as good as the '73 to '78 shows" - ok, she's in a rut, but that don't make her wrong!
Hope my rating will attract some folks to listen to this unique, and worthwhile show. If you can't dig the second set, play it again...
April 1, 2011 Subject:
killers space very good show!
January 18, 2010 Subject:
Easy Answers out of space??
I've seen many shows (200+) but luckily I never had to suffer an "Easy Answers" out of space. That is right up there with the only one song after space (sugar Magnolia) I saw at my first show (9/2/78). One of Weirs worst tunes hands down!!!
And than to have the Days Between snoozer right after it...bummer.
January 18, 2010 Subject:
terrapin is out of control
December 14, 2009 Subject:
Blew me away
I was at this show with my best friend TJ. In my mail order I asked Ilene for any tickets, but if they could hook me up with some floor seats for the 13th I would be psyched as it was my buddy's birthday. Sure enough when the envelope arrived we had nosebleeds the first night, lower bowl the last night, and 4th row floor seats in front of Jerry on this night! I had come to love hearing Hell in a Bucket...not the song really, but as an opener it always seemed to portend good things to come, at least for those shows I was lucky enough to attend. This night was no exception. Scarlet-Fire-Playin-Dark Star-Terrapin! From the 4th row! After the first four tunes (which are some of my faves) I was stoked out of my skull, but when Jerry dropped the first few rifts of Terrapin I was totally blown away. The crowd when nuts. It seemed like the roof of the Spectrum was gonna come off. It took several days to sort of recover, it was just one of those experiences that reverberates for a while. Glad I was there.
October 15, 2009 Subject:
One of the best shows I ever attended
I was at this show, and it was a great night for Jerry.
September 29, 2008 Subject:
Always loved it
Brilliant second set. First heard off a David Gans Dead Hour - sometime shortly after the tour. Weir plays some haunting, mind-blowing licks. Some my favorite Bob Weir guitar playing. Beautiful chunky sound with plently of sustain. There were times in '93 and even early '94 where to me they reached kind of a new zenith of ensemble interplay with the Vince line-up. They achieved a new perfectly balanced common ground after three years of finding their way without Brent. While perhaps not as inspiring as the "perfect synergy" they had going with Brent in 1989 and 1990, this second set is one of the examples of that "newfound Grateful Deadness" after the transition period of fall 90 to 1993.
Reviewer:Evan S. Hunt
September 20, 2008 Subject:
A Fairly Decent Performance / Phat Recording
Very nice! Thanks, Charlie Miller.
I have to award this a full 5 stars because the GD seemed to enjoy the Spectrum and this is a tremendous digital exposition of it.
On this night Jerry was using the Stephen Cripe Lightning Bolt. I find the tone of this guitar stimulating because he could easily switch from an acoustic guitar sound to full-on electric. It makes for a very special lead break on Scarlet. Kinda gives it that Spanish, Flamenco tone.
This is a fairly competently played show, but it lacks, of course, the spontaneity they possessed before they were into setlists and lighting cues. There is no flow in the transitions between songs, in fact, they go abruptly from one to another. a-a-a-a, So 1993 is not 1973. C'est la vie! It's still good ole Grateful Dead....well, pretty good ole Grateful Dead.
It's also a Pretty Damned Good Vince keys and singing throughout, and though Bobbie's chords sound similar to Vince's on a number of un-recallable places, at least you can hear Bobbie's guitar on every song quite prominently.
This is a pristine soundboard and the best recording/remastering of this date on the archives, in my not so humble opinion. The only negative would be that there are skips on the recording and a few minor dropouts. Dire Wolf ends abruptly after about 60 seconds, or so, and goes right into Let It Grow. Of course, these outnesses are most likely inherent to the recording and so minor -- nothing Charlie coulda or shoulda done about 'em. Also, in my playback Billy's kick sounds very pronounced, which is a tad annoying to me, but after a while, it grows on ya.
Let it grow.
Particularly provocative is the drums/space section with Mickey on the Beam. The fullness of this recording makes it come alive in your music room. Perhaps this is were the true spontaneity of the band ended up by 1993.
I cannot name the theme that is in the Jam leading into Easy Answers but I know I have heard it before and it is simply enchanting.
Easy Answers is a Weir song so apropos for today and immensely appreciated for its position late in the second set on this night. From there the music proceeds into another new original -- Days Between, which, for me, is always a show-stopper in that on this song they can do no wrong for its sound and tone are so declarative it doesn't even matter that Jerry flubs only a half of a half of a half of a stanza -- it's all good.
Good Lovin' comes on, but by that time you're so knocked out by Days that nothing much musically is going to occur for you.
A hated Dead Head song, I Fought The Law, a 1966 AM radio hit by the Bobby Fuller Four, proceeds after a long spate of spectator upheaval.
This song is the perfect nightcap to Easy Answers and is one Jerry liked years ago listening to it on the radio while traveling on the road. It's an easy song for him to close a show with and with Phil Lesh roaring out your bottom it is a heavenly divine and humanly fitting end to a overall highly pleasantly enjoyable show.